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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Hacked Off
A $10,000 prize went unclaimed last week as computer security systems thwarted hackers in a month-long contest between man and machine. The showpiece event at the InfoSecurity Asia trade show in Singapore, the Hackers Zone competition produced 40,000 attempts to break into three secured Web servers and pocket the prize money - not one of which succeeded. Organizers staged the stunt to highlight that Internet servers can be protected from keyboard criminals if security is taken seriously enough. Most successful attacks are carried out on unprotected servers using obvious user names and security clearance codes such as "guest" and "password."

A Case of PC Déja Vu
Let's just say that iMitation is the sincerest form of flattery. An upstart start-up called Future Power has created the PC pictured right. Look familiar? It should. It's a blatant cash-in on the success of the Apple iMac, right down to the "five fun gemstone colors" of ruby, topaz, sapphire, emerald and amethyst and its vowel-prefixed moniker "E-Power." The major differences are that the copycat is slower, runs the Windows operating system, has a floppy disk drive (famously absent from the iMac) and a lower price tag. At $799 the E-Power will be $400 cheaper than the iMac when it goes on sale soon. Future Power (which has the financial muscle of South Korean chaebol Daewoo behind it) makes no bones about the similarity: the company took the precaution of meeting Apple's lawyers before unveiling the machine.

Chinese Downloads Coming
Microsoft's Chinese-language customers will soon be able to download bug fixes for the software giant's Windows operating system and other products over the Net. While English users have long enjoyed the convenience of Web service, Chinese buyers currently have to pay a nominal handling fee to get the updates on a CD-ROM. Microsoft says it aims to abolish the inconsistency by the end of the year.

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